Christmas Is Almost Here

Christmas Is Almost Here

by Carly Simon


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Christmas Is Almost Here

A mix of old favorites and new compositions, of sparse acoustic and full-bodied electric arrangements, Carly Simon's Christmas Is Almost Here is full of holiday treats. Simon's soothing voice sounds perfectly at home here, even though much of the album was recorded live in a Beverly Hills hotel room. Kudos to producer Don Was, who captured Simon's comfortable spontaneity, especially on the many tracks with little more than an acoustic guitar and her lovely vocals. The album begins quietly, with Livingston Taylor's melancholy title track, Simon's own soaring ballad "The Land of Christmas (Mary)," and the traditional carols "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night." The mood lightens with the rousing gospel tune "Twelve Gates to the City," featuring Billy Preston's funky organ work. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," a duet with Simon's son Ben Taylor, employs a subtle reggae beat anchored by drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner and a slinky electric piano line courtesy of Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers. Keltner and Tench also help out on the cover of John Lennon's passionate "Happy X-mas (War Is Over)." In another star turn, Willie Nelson drops in for "Pretty Paper," his voice seductively wrapping around Simon's. As the recently released Anthology reminds us, Carly Simon's been delivering pop pleasures for more than 30 years. Christmas Is Almost Here is a welcome new gift from an old friend.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2002
Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC: 0081227816629
catalogNumber: 278166

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carly Simon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Preston   Hammond Organ,Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Benmont Tench   Wurlitzer
Mark Goldenberg   Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Deron Johnson   Synthesizer
Rob Mathes   Acoustic Bass
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Ben Taylor   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Arnold McCuller   Vocal Harmony
Joel Shearer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Dobro
Adam MacDougal   Piano
Judd Fuller   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Chris Chaney   Bass

Technical Credits

Richie Sambora   Arranger
Carly Simon   Arranger,Producer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Don Was   Producer,Engineer
Peter Simon   Cover Photo

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